Man Claims Ageism After Being Banned From Starbucks For Hitting On A 16-year Old Employee

(PCM) A 37-year old man by the name of Lucas Werner has been banned from the Starbucks location in Spokane, Washington after being accused of hitting on 16-year old female employee and generally just being a creep.  Werner has posted a defense on social media claims that he is the victim of ageism or otherwise discriminated against due to his age.

Werner’s defense claims that he was unfairly banned from the establishment after he innocently requested that the 16-year old female barista accompany him for dinner sometime. He claims that the note he wrote and passed to the young woman was not at all sexual in nature and was completely and utterly harmless.

Starbucks and the barista felt differently and Werner’s actions were reported to the local authorities. Angered by the situation Werner posted the following message on his Facebook page and urged his supporters to call the Starbucks location and complain on his behalf.

For those who would like to call them to complain about age difference discrimination on my behalf. In brief, a barista said I was funny and that she liked me, so I politely thanked her, sat down to drink my hot chocolate, wrote her a nice note, so as not to interrupt her work schedule asking her out to dinner if she was interested and walked out, happily thanking the friendly staff and wishing them a Merry Christmas.
When I returned yesterday, a Spokane Police Officer said the note was creepy, which it wasn’t, and asked me to not return because I was being banned. We already know this is because the barista was young and legal aged and I’m 37.
I did not ask her to have sex with me. I asked if she would like to have dinner sometime. Perfectly normal adult behavior. I figure, if she was 16 and flirtatious it would still be legal to ask her to dinner. You can’t even work at Starbucks unless you’re 16, which is the legal age to date people. This is a clear case of age discrimination. Feel free to call them to complain on my behalf.

It seems, however that Werner’s plan backfired and rather than people rallying to support him they instead wrote tons of positive reviews for the Starbucks location. They praised the management of the store for taking swift action and protecting their young female employee.  Upon further investigation it has been revealed that Werner actually lives in a homeless shelter and this is not the first time he has been accused of behaving inappropriately with a female minor.

Werner runs a website called Conversation Our Age which basically just consists of posting complaining about why younger women won’t date him and all the reasons that he feels they should. It’s really very pathetic.  One post in particular reads:

I haven’t had a girlfriend in 5 years. I’ve never dated a younger woman in my life. I’ve been trying to date younger women for 5 years. I’m an atheist. I’ve given away over $3000 worth of food on the street in 5 years. I moved 400 miles from Olympia to Spokane because I couldn’t find anyone on 4 dating sites. I need to date a Millennial. I’m 37 years old. Generation X marks the spot. I’ve dated women my age to 18 years older. All my exes, mom and step-mom prefer older men to two 30 year marriages between my 4 parents. I’ve lost 170 lbs. I’m looking for a woman under 26 years old in Spokane to go out to dinner with me to Red Robin tonight. Any takers?

Starbucks claims they have no plans to allow Werner to return to their establishment and we certainly praise them for weeding out a definite creeper!

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Hot New Wedding Trend Has Couples Faking The Cake

(PCM) Everyone knows that weddings can be tremendously expensive endeavors and one of the more costly items can be a fancy and elaborately decorated wedding cake. Some couples have reported spending upwards of $1,000 to $1,500 on their wedding cakes, however a hot new wedding trend involving cakes has quickly been gaining some steam.

Many couples are opting to “fake the cake” and ordering a “cake” that appears to be beautifully decorated with both icing and fondant, however the inside is nothing more than tiered and layers styrofoam. These styrofoam creations can be decorated using the very same materials such as icing and fondant and can be as elaborately decorated as the couple chooses, the only major difference is these cakes are certainly not edible and can literally save the couple thousands of dollars, as they only retail for about half the cost of a regular wedding cake.

Many may be wondering how these “fake cakes” work when dealing with the whole cake cutting ceremony and the solution is quite simple. Many of the “fake cakes” come with a pre-cut knife slit that allows the couple to pretend to cut the cake and for the cake in the face smashing picture another piece of pre-cut cake is brought out from the kitchen. Another way that it can be faked is to have only the top tier of the creation be made of real cake which can be cut and enjoyed by the couple.

We all know that after the cake cutting ceremony the cake is rushed off into the kitchen and cut down for the guests to enjoy. They will never know the difference if a less expensive sheet cake is cut down in the back and served as the popular wedding dessert. “Fake cakes” work for events other than weddings as well. They are often ordered for bat mitzvahs, sweet sixteen party’s and corporate events. It is a wonderful cost saver and no one can ever tell the difference. No you can have the cake of your dreams, but not necessarily eat it too!

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Customers Rally Behind A Teen Girl Who Was Fat-Shamed At Her Job

(PCM) Coldstone Creamery customers across the nation are rallying to show their support for a teen employee who was recently fat-shamed by an incredibly rude customer at her work place.

19-year old Justine Elwood works at the Coldstone Creamery location in Layton, Utah and was utterly shocked with a customer entered the store with her two young children and after placing their order proceeded to very harshly body-shame Elwood directly to her face.

As Elwood was serving the customer she very rudely said something along the lines of “If you eat too much ice cream, you’ll look like her” referencing Elwood’s weight to her children. Yeah, mother of the year goes to that one right there! (NOT!)

However, just body-shaming Elwood to her face was not enough for this customer. She had to take things a step further and put an incredibly offensive Yelp review of the Coldstone Creamery location further fat-shaming Elwood claiming she was “disgustingly obese” and that she made the customers “appetite disappear”.

The offending Yelp review has since been taken down, however not before Elwood’s mother was able to capture a screen shot of the posting. Since the story broke people all across the nation have been leaving comments to show their support for Elwood and leaving 5-star reviews of the Coldstone Creamery location.

The offending Yelp review read:

Coldstone has been one of our favorite places to go as a family and enjoy quality ice cream, specifically the Layton location. Unfortunately, I have had a specifically unsatisfying experience the last few times we have come into the store. One of their female employees Jessie? Jennifer? J something, although she does her job, and is very polite, instantly makes my appetite disappear. I understand the need to hire bias free, but when someones looks [sic] interfere with my experience at an establishment I can’t help but complain. As a mother I don’t like my children thinking they will look that way by eating too much ice cream.Overall a good establishment with fast service, and delightful treats. We love Coldstone, just not all the employees.

Here are a few of the supportive comments Elwood has been receiving online:

It is truly wonderful to see that people are still willing to stand-up for one another especially during the holiday season. We certainly feel Elwood is a beautiful young lady and needs to keep her head held high and ignore the ugliness of others.

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McDonald’s Accidentally Takes A ‘Cheeky’ Approach With Holiday Cup Design

(PCM) Food and beverage retailers across the nation have been revealing their holiday cup designs. Many seem to be in competition with one another to see which design receives the most popular customer feedback and which better encompasses the holiday spirit.

McDonald’s may have just accidentally caused all of our minds to head straight to the gutter when checking out the “cheeky” new design on the holiday beverage cups. It is certainly stirring up quite a bit of controversy.

Many people (ourselves included) feel that what is supposed to be a pair of mittens featured on the cup actually more closely resembles a persons derriere. Of course the internet is now having a ball with this and we seriously have no idea how this design passed the final sign off from the McDonald’s corporation.

So far the company has yet to respond to the controversy, but something tells us that these slightly NSFW cups will quickly become a ghost of Christmas past!

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Amazon Go Brings New Definition To Grab And Go Shopping, Literally!

(PCM) Amazon has recently revealed that they are currently in the testing phase for a completely new type of shopping experience. The company unveiled Amazon Go which will act much the same as your typical brick and mortar grocery store, however there is one major difference. There will be absolutely no check-out process. Pretty much you just walk in, grab the stuff you want and walk out. Sounds pretty nice, right? We can only imagine a store with no lines and no cashiers. It is definitely going to be the retail model for the future, so long as Amazon is able to work out all the kinks. 

Thus far there is only one working location operating in a beta phase in Amazon’s home base of Seattle, Washington. The 1800 square foot location has all the grocery store basics such as bread, milk, cheese, prepared snacks and fresh meals. The company claims that you will only need the Amazon Go app to enter the store and then just start shopping, it’s really that simple. Currently, Amazon Go is available only to Amazon employees in the beta testing phase, with the public launch date set for early 2017. The company says they plan to open nearly 2,000 store across the country if the testing turns out to be a success. In fact, they are even looking at drive-thru shopping options as well. 

Amazon is calling the technology “Just Walk Out Shopping” and it supposedly uses computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning to allow the shopping process to work properly. The store will be equipped with multiple cameras and use RFID technology to be able to tell just what items a customer is picking up. We had questions such as what would happen if we accidentally dropped a jar of spaghetti sauce and it broke, would we still be charged? Also, what happens if we changed our mind about an item and placed it back in the wrong section of the store? More than likely Amazon has answers for these scenarios, but we will just have to wait to see how it plays out. 

Wired Magazine questioned some retail experts about the plausibility of Amazon’s supposed plan for Amazon Go Stores and they claim that “Amazon’s advertised system is entirely plausible given the state of artificial intelligence, RFID, sensor and machine learning technologies today.” It appears they must have found a way to put all the pieces together in the correct way to make this work smoothly and efficiently. It is mind-blowing! 

Check out the video below:

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Christmas Candy Cane Crafts

Christmas Candy Cane Crafts

A single simple candy cane was once a precious holiday treat. Talented mothers could make them with considerable time and trouble for appreciative toddlers.

Now, they come in various colors, sizes, and colors, but candy canes remain a central symbol of the Christmas season. Legend has it that candy sticks were given to children to keep them quiet during Christmas religious services until a candy maker started to shape them with a hook reminiscent of a shepherd’s crook.

But, what can you do besides lick your candy cane to your heart’s desire?

Here are just 5 ideas that put Candy Canes to good and novel use:

  • Crushed Mint: You can start by breaking your candy canes to bits. Slip a few small canes into a sandwich baggie and crush them into powder and chips.

You can use the crushed canes as a float on hot chocolate, a garnish on homemade fudge or brownies, or a topping on a serving of ice cream.

  • Candy Sleds: Using candy canes about 3” long, glue one to each side of the bottom of a flat candy bar. Stack additional miniature wrapped candy bars on the larger base bar, and glue them in place to look like a pile of gifts.

Top with a small bow, and you have individual Santa sleds loaded with candy that can be easily pulled apart.

  • Potted Canes: You can “grow” candy canes in a 6” terracotta flower pot. Fill the pot with enough shredded paper to support about ½” of crushed Oreo cookies.

Stand three or four 5” canes back to back to form a stem and blossom. Finish off with a holiday ribbon around the pot and again around the canes.

  • Candy Cane Candle: A 5” high pillar candle can quickly become a festive holiday centerpiece. According to the folks at SweetServices.com, you might order 6” candy canes in bulk.

You are going to glue the back of the canes to the candle with the bottom flat at the bottom and the curve pointed out towards you as you work. Adding a little glue to the side of the cane will help keep the next cane in place.

Surround the candle with the canes, and then wrap a holiday ribbon around the item and tie it in a bow. Purchasing a pine, cinnamon, or peppermint scented candle will add an aroma to the room.

You’ll need your glue and scissors plus burlap and green baker’s twine. Add two googly eyes and two red buttons (one smaller than the other) for each treat.

Place two 6” canes with the straight sides back to back and the curves point out. Glue them together. Wrap the canes snugly in a 4 ½” square of burlap and glue it firmly in a seam on the back side.

Add the eyes to the burlap two-thirds from the bottom and the red-nose at the bottom. (Glue the larger button first, and  then add the second.). Tie it up with the green twine just below the top of the burlap.

The candy tastes great, looks festive, and reminds you of holidays in the past. It is flavorful, colorful, and minty fresh. The Christmas season is your opportunity to give, eat, and craft your candy canes.

Author’s Bio

Michael F. Carroll

Title: Freelance writer at OutreachMama

Mike is a freelance contributor to OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through research, content copy, and white papers. He frequently writes about management, marketing, and sales with customized outreach for digital marketing channels and outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

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